The Future Church Summit: Encountering God in the unexpected

The Future Church Summit (FCS) will take place July 6-8, at the Mennonite Church USA convention in Orlando. It will be a generative, open space for denomination-wide conversation — to dream together, reset priorities and engage one another in answering the question: How will we follow Jesus as Anabaptists in the 21st century? Leading up […]

A radical text for the times

Jason Boone is coordinating minister of the Peace and Justice Support Network. Heading to the airport for an early morning flight, I grabbed the most radical, subversive, counter-cultural peace book I own to read on the plane. What was it? “How to Win Friends and Influence People” by Dale Carnegie, of course. Hear me out […]

Better together

Allie Shoup is an admissions counselor at Hesston College, where she shares her love for education with young people searching for the perfect place to belong. She is a born and raised Wichitan (of Wichita, Kansas) whose heart for people and adventure has taken her to five continents. Since attending Bethel College as a Bible […]

Love is a Verb: Neighbor love finds its way through walls

Tina Schlabach lives with her husband, Jay, in Tucson, Arizona. She serves as co-pastor of Shalom Mennonite Fellowship, offers spiritual companioning and visits with women from Central America and Mexico held in immigration detention. Tina loves conversation with friends, reading, hiking, time with her three young adult children and her morning coffee.   This morning I visited […]

Trust God — Love each other

Jane Hoober Peifer resides in Harrisonburg, Virginia, with her husband Daryl. Following 24 years in pastoral ministry, Jane received Spiritual Direction training from KAIROS: School for Spiritual Formation (Lancaster, Pennsylvania). She currently companions folks in Lancaster and in Harrisonburg. She also serves as a leader for two cohorts of new pastors in Mennonite Church USA […]

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CLC meeting tests the Future Church Summit model

Note: This article first appeared in The Mennonite. By Hannah Heinzekehr ELKHART, Indiana (Mennonite Church USA) Eschewing their usual agenda, members of the Constituency Leaders Council (CLC) spent their last meeting of the biennium testing a large-group visioning process that will be used at the Mennonite Church USA Convention in Orlando this July. Around 70 […]

Reflections on Empowering Parenting

Jenny Castro is a mother of three children, ages 12, 10 and seven. She is coordinator of the Women in Leadership Project and communications associate for Mennonite Church USA. She also serves on the Panel for Sexual Abuse Prevention for the denomination. Jenny is a member of San Antonio Mennonite Church. This post originally appeared […]

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‘Jewish and Palestinian Voices for Peace Tour’ announced

The Jewish and Palestinian Voices for Peace Tour will bring Jewish and Palestinian peacemakers to Mennonite communities in April and May. Representatives of local Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) chapters, including Rabbi Linda Holtzman of Philadelphia and Rabbi Brand Rosen of Chicago, will speak together with Jonathan Kuttab, a Mennonite and prominent Palestinian human rights […]

Leadership 101

Nancy Kauffmann is denominational minister for Mennonite Church USA. I traveled to Saipan under Mennonite Disaster Service and FEMA last month. Our group was to repair homes that had been damaged by the 2015 typhoon Soudelor. There are still a number of homes without roofs, windows, electricity or running water. After committing to a three-week […]